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ActionAid Challenges G8 on Response to Food Crisis
Date:7/2/2008

climate change is already wreaking havoc on agriculture in developing countries. Anne Jellema, ActionAid's International Director of Policy, said:

"As the IPCC states, yields from rain-fed agriculture in some African countries are likely to drop by 50% by 2020 due to climate change. This projected decline in productivity is largely caused by the emissions of the polluting countries of the G8.

"The G8 nations are the world's dirtiest emitters. They must clean up their act and pay the price for playing havoc with the developing world's food production."

ActionAid demands that the G8 leaders pledge US $55 billion of the UNFCCC estimated US $67 billion annual cost of helping developing countries cope with climate change. ActionAid further demands that G8 leaders agree on medium-term targets to reduce their emissions by at least 25-40% below 1990 levels and to assist developing countries in accessing clean technology.

"The world cannot afford more false promises. It's time for the G8 to demonstrate real leadership and to act with urgency to deal with the world's biggest challenges of hunger and climate change," added Ms. Jellema.

Notes to editors:

See ActionAid's new report: "Cereal Offenders: How the G8 has Contributed to the Global Food Crisis and What They Can Do to Stop It." Available on http://www.actionaidusa.org

ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 49 countries, taking sides with poor people to end poverty and injustice together. For more information please go to http://www.actionaidusa.org

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Video footage of biofuel production threatening rural livelihoods in Ghana, West Africa.

Case studies of people affected by rising food prices in Mozambique, Haiti and Malawi (text and pictures).


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